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Krewella Drops New Song in Anticipation of Show at Warfield

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Krewella recently dropped a new single entitled “New World,” off the recent EP with the same name. It comes just as the duo is preparing for their U.S. tour, which will bring them to San Francisco next Saturday.

About the new single, Yasmine of Krewella said, “‘New World’ is about cultural diversity. Embracing your skin color, flaunting your differences. Loving your ethnic background in a world that many times tells you to hate it. The world is going to be a bunch of mixed kids someday. The real melting pot. That is the New World.”

Krewella plays The Warfield Saturday, Sept. 30 at 9:00 p.m. – Ages 18 and over – $24.50 – $35.00

Q&A: Lily Holbrook

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Lili Holbrook

I was first introduced to folk rock singer Lily Holbrook almost 10 years ago by accident on Youtube. What intrigued me the most about her was that here was this young lady that looked like a pop starlet with her perfect cheekbones and big beautiful doe eyes, singing these heavy and melancholic songs with deep poignant lyrics. Give “Welcome to the Slaughterhouse” a listen to see what I mean.

She’s originally from Boston but then moved to New York and Los Angeles, but now calls San Francisco home. Her style of folk rock has often drawn comparisons to Jewel and Tori Amos, but her sound is unique and truly her own. In fact, legendary producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morisette, No Doubt, Michael Jackson) has said this about the talented songstress: “Lily Holbrook is the real deal!”

You can find Lily on any random night of the week performing on the streets of San Francisco and she’s recently kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a brand new LP. In between practice and performance, she was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. We talked about what inspired her to start writing songs, what her main influences are, and what’s the strangest thing that’s happened to her while busking in the streets (What a story that was!)

Can you tell our readers that may not know about you a little about yourself?

I’m a singer/songwriter originally from a small town in Massachusetts. I got my start as a street performer in Boston when I was 21. For some reason, I thought it would help me conquer my stage fright.  I still feel more comfortable playing on a street corner than I do on a stage though, hehe. I have released three albums and am gearing up to release a 4th and 5th next year.

When did you first start writing songs and what inspired you to do so?

I have tapes of myself making up funny little songs starting as young as 5 or 6 so I guess it was in my blood. I’ve always been somewhat of an introvert, was painfully shy as a kid, and I think writing helped me to express feelings that I didn’t otherwise feel comfortable sharing.

What are you favorites topics to write about?  I tend to write about the pretty dark subject matter. My early material is heavily centered around death- I had lost a brother at 16 and that shaped many of my songs. After living in LA I wrote a lot about impossible beauty standards and sexism in the music business.  Of course, I’ve also got some of your standard break up songs — especially lately as I went through a bad one not too long ago. Occasionally I will write something of a more political nature. I wrote a silly song about Trump right before the election.  Given the current state of things I definitely foresee some more of that coming!

What are some of your main influences?

Such a hard question because I love so many different artists! Some of the more obvious influences would be, first and foremost, Tori Amos (such a goddess!) as well as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega and PJ Harvey but I am also a huge fan of Classic Rock- Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, The Who, The Stones. Hendrix, etc. Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac are two of my biggest idols. I’ve got a major soft spot for Neil Young. I’m also inspired by 80’s bands like The Cure and Depeche Mode as well as everything from the 90’s when I grew up. It was such a great era for music!

Lili Holbrook
Lili Holbrook

You’re originally from Boston. How is the music scene over there different from here in San Francisco?

San Francisco is my home and probably my favorite place on the planet but nothing beats Boston’s rock scene. So many great bands have come out of Boston. When I was in college there was an amazing indie rock scene and I was seeing shows almost every night! There are great bands in San Francisco as well but it’s not quite the same. Electronic music has kind of taken over.

Before moving to the Bay Area, you pursued music in Los Angeles for a minute. What was that like?

I use to play on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica just about every day of the week. It led to some really interesting opportunities and eventually landed me my first record deal. I had a lot of fun during that time and met some wonderful people but it could also feel really soul sucking. I ran into so many predatory individuals in the music industry. I was young and fairly naive so it was very scary at times. Ultimately I left to get away from all that. I do wish I could transport the weather to San Francisco though.

What are some of your biggest musical accomplishments to date?

Some of the coolest things I’ve done would be opening up for Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and playing at the All Points West Music Festival in New Jersey which was headlined by Radiohead. I got to play on the same stage as Sia back before she was very well known but I was already a huge fan so that was really neat.  In all honesty, I think what I’m most proud of is that I’ve stuck it out in this crazy world of music for as long as I have and stayed true to my own artistic vision.

You’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund your new album. Why did you decide to go that route?

I’ve had some pretty bad luck with record labels. Both of my last two albums were put out on labels that collapsed shortly after their release. One of those albums, “Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt” was released on Back Porch Records, which was a small subsidiary of Virgin/EMI. When they went under I got kicked to the curb but EMI still owns the rights to that album even almost 15 years later. It’s frustrating. I don’t think I would ever go the label route again but unfortunately, like most indie musicians, I just don’t have the funds to make the kind of album I’d like to make. That’s where Kickstarter comes in!

What do you hope to accomplish with this new album?

I’m truly hoping to blow my other albums out of the water and put out my best work to date. I think some of my latest songs are my strongest. It will be great to be the master of my own ship and have no interference from labels in regards to creative control.

And now a few of fun questions for ya. If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?  

I would pretty much sell my soul to collaborate with Jimi Hendrix. He’s my all time favorite guitarist and his songs take me to another planet. Also, Lana Del Rey. I think her writing is really unique and has a haunting quality that I love. I’m also slightly in love with her, hahaha.

You do a lot of street performing in San Francisco. What’s the strangest that’s ever happened to you while busking? 

So many crazy things! I should really write a book. I’ve had cake thrown at me, received a $600 tip, had a man doing interpretive dance and somersaults at my feet while I was playing, haha.

I think the strangest thing ever was this one time in Santa Monica. I was in the middle of a song, minding my own business when a very large scary looking woman pulled up her skirt, flashed her vagina at me and yelled: “Look at this, bitch!” An elderly man who used to watch me from time to time had been dancing to my music. He was a new age hippy type with long white hair and he always carried around a big walking stick. He had seemed like such a sweet, soft spoken man but he went up to her and started screaming in her face.  I guess he thought he was defending my honor.

Right when he started yelling at her a homeless man who had been quietly standing near by jumped in and started attacking him. Then the old hippy man went completely apeshit on the homeless guy and started bashing his head into the sidewalk until the cops came! That was probably my strangest and definitely my most dramatic night of street performing.

Can you tell us something about yourself that most people would be surprised to find out about you?

I’m not much of a fan anymore, but some people might be surprised to know that I use to be very involved in musical theatre and almost joined the Broadway tour of Les Miserables when I was 17. It would have taken my life in a very different direction!

Check out Lili’s Kickstarter campaign HERE.

Show Preview: Martha Wainwright, September 22nd, Café du Nord

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Back for its third stint (this time as a musical venue once again), Café du Nord is all set to welcome Canadian-American singer Martha Wainwright this Friday. Born to a musically inclined family, Wainwright learned to love music with both of her parents (her mother is Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, and her father is American folk singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III). She’s been recording for the better part of two decades herself – her first independent cassette (!), Ground Floor, came out in 1997, following which her song ‘Year of the Dragon’ was featured on one of the albums recorded by her mother and aunt – Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s The McGarrigle Hour.

Wainwright went on to enroll in drama classes at Concordia University in Montreal and later moved to New York, where she worked tirelessly to make herself known as a singer and songwriter. In 2001, she recorded a song titled ‘Star-Crossed Lovers’ in collaboration with late-90’s techno stalwarts Propellerheads for the album Red Hot + Indigo that was compiled by the Red Hot Organization as a fundraiser to fight AIDS.

But her big break was to come when Martha got in touch with Brad Albetta, who collaborated with her in 2005 to produce her self-titled debut album – Martha Wainwright – and three years later, in 2008, to bring together her second album, titled I Know You’re Married but I’ve Got Feelings Too. Her sophomore effort also included Martha’s mother, brother (Rufus Wainwright), and aunt among the contributing artists, and Wainwright went on to tour the album across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Continuing to experiment across genres, Wainwright has built up an impressive and eclectic discography; one for the nerds and the fans, the big stage and the small, intimate set, all woven through with a distinctive, aching, powerful voice.

Over the course of her career, Martha Wainwright has stepped outside entertainment and has used her art to give assistance to a variety of social causes as well – including as one of the 24 female artists who came together to release a single – ‘Sing’ – to raise awareness about the transmission of HIV. She has also appeared on the HBO television miniseries Olive Kitteridge as Angela O’Meara, a pianist who performs covers of popular tunes from the 1970s.

While she has glowed brilliantly in each of the roles she has taken on, be it singer, actor, or activist, it’s Wainwright’s live performances that are the highlights of her career. Martha’s greatest strength lies in how she can captivate an audience regardless of who she’s playing with, or where she’s playing. From concert halls to coffee shops, from bars and dives to acoustic lounges, Wainwright’s career is a testament to the fact that artistry will out.

This Friday, she’ll be playing Café du Nord, bringing together a powerful performance with one of San Francisco’s great venues. So if you’ve always been a fan of Martha’s unique and deeply personal musical renditions, you know where you’ve got to be this Friday night!

Photo courtesy of www.marthawainwright.com

Plan Your Night Out with the Discotech Nightlife App

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San Francisco isn’t known for it’s nightlife scene – there are no mega clubs like XS or Omnia in the city by the bay. On any given weekend you’ll find many well known DJs on the decks at local San Francisco nightlife staples such as Temple, Audio, and Halcyon. Looking for hip hop? Check out Origin in the Fillmore, or Love and Propaganda / Infusion Lounge in financial district. But you might be asking – how do I get in? Do I need to buy tickets? Sign up for guest list? Book bottle service? Do I need to know a promoter or VIP host?

Enter Discotech, the nightlife app that simplifies clubbing. Gone are the days of texting multiple promoters. This all-in-one app allows you to browse upcoming events in SF, see where your favorite DJs are playing, sign up for free and discounted guestlists, purchase tickets, and book table service at every club in San Francisco. You can compare bottle service minimums, see which venues have guestlist, browse ticket prices for all the clubs – easily and quickly on the app!

The best part about Discotech… this app isn’t just limited to San Francisco. Las Vegas, the mecca of nightlife is a short 1 hour flight away. Use Discotech to sign up for free guestlists at your favorite Las Vegas Clubs, including Encore Beach Club, XS, Omnia, Hakkasan, Marquee, and more. You can also use Discotech in San Diego, Orange County, Miami, New York, Chicago, and Dallas. Other cities coming soon: Washington DC, Boston, and Scottsdale.

Discotech is available for download on the iTunes App store and Google Play Store. They also have a website available for those that don’t want to download an app. Give Discotech a spin this weekend – you won’t regret it!

KAABOO Del Mar Comes to a Close

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This weekend, KAABOO Del Mar, conveniently located at the Del Mar Racetrack just north of San Diego, CA, attracted fans from all 50 states and over 30 different countries around the world. The festival featured performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Muse. Guests were also treated to live contemporary art installments in Artwork; Vegas-style cabanas at Bask; culinary exhibits at Palate; belly laughs at Humor Me; spa services at Indulgences; and late-night dance parties at Club Elevate.

Highlights from this weekend include an aerial performance from P!nk who debuted songs from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma; the first live performance of Kesha’s brand new single, “Praying”; a DJ set from basketball great Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Diesel); and a much anticipated Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 40th anniversary set to close out the experience.

“It has been a joy to see the relaxed smiles on everyone’s faces and hear the positive feedback and excitement from our guests,” says KAABOO Del Mar founder and CEO Bryan Gordon. “It is heartwarming to hear that our guests appreciate what we have created, and for that, we thank you.”

Check out some of our favorite selections below courtesy of Mason Jar Media.

Q&A: Japanese Breakfast

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Japanese Breakfast is the solo musical project of Michelle Zauner of Little Big League, a project that she started while tending to her family back home in Oregon when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. About the project, NPR was once  quoted as saying that it, “Mines the dark drama of Vangelis and the melancholic fall-out from Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak.”

With one album under her belt entitled Psychopomp, Zauner recently released a new LP entitled Soft Sounds From Another Planet to wide critical acclaim. She’ll be playing cuts from both at her show at the Swedish American Music Hall on Sept. 21, and in anticipation of what’s sure to be a magical night, she was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us.

For people not familiar with you, how would you describe your music?
Japanese Breakfast is a pop project.

How did you get started playing music and when did you know you wanted to make a life of it?
I started playing music when I was 16 after seeing some high school seniors play anti-folk type ballads at a local coffee shop. That type of music felt really within reach, even after just learning a few chords on a guitar, so I started writing songs shortly after that. As a career, it didn’t really feel realistic probably until last year, though I think I’d wanted to pursue it professionally for maybe seven years or so.

Your new LP comes only a year after your previous release. How do you explain such a quick turnaround?
I generally write pretty quickly. I had a lot of demos I revisited, which helped at least half the tracks come in with a basic structure. I signed to Dead Oceans, so for the first time, I had a budget that allowed me to just work for a full month in a studio without interruption. I also had a wonderful co-producer, Craig Hendrix, who brought in a great voice and also helped move things along.

Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner
Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner

Where did the underlying Sci-Fi concept for your album come from?
I think the initial impetus for it was feeling like Psychopomp was such a personal record, I thought it’d be interesting to take on something that felt a little more fictional as a follow-up. I wrote the song Machinist first, a song about a woman who falls in love with a robot and thought it’d be cool to infuse that theme into some of the other songs and elements on the record.

Can you describe your songwriting process?
It varies. Usually, I’ll sort of collect phrases and ideas for a while. I read a lot, embrace a lot of art and media and kind of soak it up like a sponge. Then I’ll sit down and try to create some kind of bass or guitar or synth line usually that expresses a stanza I find particularly interesting and kind of build off of that.

You’ve done a lot of the DIY touring in your life. What’s the craziest road story that you can recall from that time?
One time we were on tour with PAWS on our way to Chicago and we had to pull over because we were about to drive into a tornado. We stopped at a Subway for about an hour to wait it out. On the highway about a mile out, we saw a semi-truck that had been tossed through a Starbucks.

You’ve got some really interesting videos. Can you describe what “Road Head” is about?
I think it’s about a woman who feels smothered by her partner, who she demonizes, so she eventually kills him. Originally I wanted it to be a story about a woman who kind of overcomes her fear of this hallucination, but when we saw my interaction with the demon (who is actually Craig Hendrix, who co-produced the album and plays drums in the live band) it felt more compelling to kind of hint that I was also responsible and kind of the bad guy.

Being that you’re from Oregon, I imagine you must have toured the coast and hit San Francisco? What do you think of our city and the audience here?
Actually, I’d never been to SF until about two years ago when I booked a DIY tour for us. We played a house show at a place called the Sylvan Annex. There were like twenty people squished in a bedroom and it was a great time. We’ve toured through as direct support & a set at noise pop earlier this year since then and always had an amazing time. It’s always been sold out, amazing crowds. SF is so beautiful and definitely one of our favorite places to play. Plus I usually get to see my buddy Jay Som when she’s around, which is awesome.

You’ve got a show coming up at the Swedish American Music Hall. What can fans expect from your live performances?
We try to give it all! I definitely am proud of our live performances. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of energy.

Can you share with us something that most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I used to be obsessed with playing chess. I used to participate in tournaments and get private lessons from Russian grandmasters. In middle school, I was on a billboard playing chess with the mayor to promote our local chess club. Our high school team won third place at state!

Japanese Breakfast is playing the Swedish American Music Hall on Sept. 21 w/ Mannequin Pussy, The Spirit Of The Beehive / Door: 7:00 pm Show: 8:00 pm

Photos courtesy of Ebru Yildiz

Jessi J Drops New Song and Announces Show at Great American Music Hall

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Today, Jessie J shares drops her new song and music video “Think About That.” The song comes off her new upcoming album entitled R.O.S.E. that’s set for release sometime ain 2018.

About the song Jessi J said, “I didn’t want to write any new songs. Camper said “Ok” then before he left the room, he put the beat for “Think About That” on a loop. The lyric and melody just starting falling out of me, and 15 minutes later when he returned I had a song. He laughed and said “see””

Earlier this week, Jessie J announced R.O.S.E.—an acronym for “Realizations, Obsessions, Sex, and Empowerment”—via a video that you can find HERE.

She’s also announced a tour that will culminate with a final performance on Oct. 28 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Check out all her tour dates below.

International & U.S. Tour Dates:

10/8 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Institute
10/9 Manchester, UK Manchester Albert Hall
10/11 London, UK KOKO
10/14 Cologne, GR Live Music Hall
10/16 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
10/17 Berlin, GR Huxleys Neue Welt
10/23 Toronto, ON Mod Club
10/24 New York, NY La Poisson Rouge
10/25 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
10/27 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
10/28 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

Madonna Releases ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ DVD Today

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Madonna today released her long-awaited Rebel Heart Tour concert film on a variety of formats. The tour was recorded around the world and features both live and behind the scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage.

The DVD is nearly two hours long and features Madonna’s most recent hits from the Rebel Heart album, and some of the biggest classics of her career including reinterpretations of old favorites, which were unique to the tour. Bonus features are ‘Like A Prayer’ and ‘An Excerpt From Tears Of A Clown’ – footage of Madonna’s one-off Melbourne theatre show.

The footage is being released on DVD and Blu-ray as well as a 22-track double CD, which is also available.

Audio Tracks
CD1 Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Body Shop
08. True Blue
09. Deeper and Deeper
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Like A Virgin
CD2 Tracklisting
01. Living For Love
02. La Isla Bonita
03. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
04. Rebel Heart
05. Music
06. Candy Shop
07. Material Girl
08. La Vie En Rose
09. Unapologetic Bitch
10. Holiday
11. BONUS TRACK: Like A Prayer

Digital Video
Digital Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday

iTunes Only Extras
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer

WATCH: Lars Ulrich Interviews Dave Grohl

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Watch the full interview at Apple Music and listen to the extended 2-part radio interview via It’s Electric! with Lars Ulrich on Beats 1.

Lars Ulrich interviews Dave Grohl

Happy 34th Birthday Amy Winehouse

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Today, the late Amy Winehouse would have turned 34. The impact of her music resonates to this day and her influence can be felt on musicians today. Gallant and Dua Lipa are two that have come together to show their gratitude by performing a duet of her song “Tears Dry on Their Own.”

It’s the sixth installment of Gallant’s “In The Room” performance series, a tribute to the music of the most talented artists in the world.

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